Many universities have community service opportunities or requirements while in college. Does Corban have any of these community service expectations? The answer is, “You bet!”
Now, the argument can be made that as a Christian, serving others should come second nature. However, that’s in our personal lives, but for educational credit and experience, Corban students are also required to do some service.
It’s called “REACH” credit. See what we did there? It’s called “REACH” because you’re “reaching others” or “reaching into others’ lives.” On a serious note, the “REACH” program affirms the mission of Corban (to educate Christians who will make a difference in the world for Jesus Christ) and integrates the idea of faith–learning–service. Jesus is our guide in everything, and Mark 10:45 says, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
REACH credit focuses on five key areas of service:
- Creation Care
Now that we’ve established the “why” behind Corban’s program, let’s dive into the time commitment and expectations in practical terms.
Most Common Ways to Serve
The top three ways to serve are:
- Help at a local church
- Community service
- Mission trips
How many REACH projects need to be completed by graduation?
For transfer students, the number of projects is prorated based on how many credits you are transferring in at the time of enrollment at Corban.
- 0-29 semester credits: 4 projects
- 30-59 semester credits: 3 projects
- 60-89 semester credits: 2 projects
- 90+ semester credits: 1 project
Each project is considered complete after 40 hours of service. It’s best to really get plugged into some service opportunities that might be a good fit for you – even if they don’t have a connection to your degree. Just serve!
When I was a student, I ended up doing church service and walking dogs…yet, I never became a professional dog walker. It was something to do that sounded fun, and I got to share Jesus and the joy inside with those at the Humane Society. It’s awesome!